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Suicide Bombing Near Damascus’ Main Shiite Shrine Kills 45

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Jan 31 – At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayeda Zeinab district of Damascus, where Syria’s holiest Shi’ite shrine is located, the interior ministry said. Sunni fundamentalist Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to Amaq, a news agency

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Israel Welcomes Samir Qantar’s Killing But Doesn’t Take Credit

JERUSALEM, Dec 20 (Reuters) – An Israeli cabinet minister welcomed on Sunday the killing of Lebanese militant leader Samir Qantar in an overnight strike in Syria but stopped short of confirming allegations Israel was responsible. Jailed in Israel for his part in a 1979 raid that killed four people, Qantar went free in 2008 under

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Syrian Opposition, Rebels Claim Not to Have Been Invited to Vienna Talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) Neither Syria‘s main political opposition body nor representatives of the armed opposition have been invited to international talks on the country’s war, an opposition politician and a rebel leader said. The Syrian government in Damascus has meanwhile yet to issue any official comment on the meeting in Vienna on Friday that will bring

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Is Syria preparing for elections?

Reuters/Staff 10/25/2015 MOSCOW/BEIRUT – Shortly after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Kremlin last week, he is ready to call for parliamentary and presidential elections if necessary, according to Russian lawmakers. Moscow said Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed Syria with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry twice at the weekend, and spoke to his Iranian and

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